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Class 4

    ? Macmillan Publishers India Ltd., 2011

    Class 5

    Reading Comprehension

    Text type: Literary passage

    Skills practised: Recognising words and phrases in English script; retrieving information stated in a passage; understanding the meaning and implications of grammatical structures

    The Baby on the Lotus Leaf

    This is a true story about a poet called Kabir who was born more than 500 years ago in Varanasi. He taught an important lesson: God loves all men. Kabir was born after the Mughals had come to India and had built their mosques beside the Hindu temples.

    This is how his parents found him.

    One day a young man called Niru and his wife Nima were travelling to Varanasi. The day was hot. Their bullock cart bumped slowly along the dusty road. On the way they passed a pool with lotus plants on its edge. These plants had huge leaves and beautiful flowers. Nima felt hot and thirsty, so Niru helped her from the cart and they knelt by the pool. Whilst they were drinking the cool water and were washing off the dust from their faces, Nima heard a faint cry.

    “What’s that?” she asked Niru. “Listen!”

    When they heard it again, Niru went into the pool and looked among the lotuses. He found a baby on a big lotus leaf.

    “Nima, look! A baby!” he cried.

    When Nima saw the baby she said, “Poor little thing, we cannot leave it here to die.”

    At first Niru did not want to take the baby, because they were not rich, but Nima was already holding it in her arms and walking towards the cart. Niru watched his wife laugh and play with the baby and he began to feel pity for it. When they reached Varanasi he said, “You’re right. We can’t leave the child to die. We’ll keep him and he’ll be our son.” This son grew up to me the famous poet Kabir.

    1. Answer these questions.

     a. Who was Kabir?

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     b. What did he teach?

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     c. Where did Niru and Nima live?

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    ? Macmillan Publishers India Ltd., 2011

     d. Why did Niru and Nima stop by the lotus pool?

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     e. What did they find in the lotus pool?

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     f. Why did Niru decide to keep the baby?

     ............................................................................................................................................... 2. Find words/phrases from the passage which mean the opposite of:

     a. centre .......................................................

     b. strong .......................................................

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